Statistics, B.S.

Program Code: STAT_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance into the Statistics major, a student must have:

  1. Attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
  2. Completed MATH 140 and MATH 141; and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 80-95

6-15 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 0-9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses, 0-6 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 220Matrices Keystone/General Education Course2-3
MATH 230Calculus and Vector Analysis4
STAT 184Introduction to R1
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
STAT 380Data Science Through Statistical Reasoning and Computation3
STAT 414Introduction to Probability Theory3
STAT 415Introduction to Mathematical Statistics3
STAT 461Analysis of Variance3
STAT 462Applied Regression Analysis3
STAT 4703
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 1-3 credits from:1-3
Introduction to SAS
Intermediate SAS for Data Management
Advanced Topics in SAS
Statistical Programming in SAS
Requirements for the Option
Select an option47-57

Requirements for the Option

Actuarial Statistics Option (53 credits)

Students who major in statistics with the actuarial statistics option and who wish to complete a concurrent major in mathematics may not choose the actuarial mathematics option in mathematics. Any other option in mathematics is acceptable.

Prescribed Courses
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
RM 302Risk and Insurance3
RM 410Financial Mathematics for Actuaries3
RM 411Actuarial Mathematics I3
RM 412Actuarial Mathematics II3
STAT 463Applied Time Series Analysis3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Visual Programming
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select three of the following:9
Statistical Quality Control
Six Sigma Methodology
Linear Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Numerical Computations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Stochastic Modeling
Computational Statistics
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 13 credits from department list13
Applied Statistics Option (47 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select four of the following:12
Statistical Quality Control
Six Sigma Methodology
Linear Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Numerical Computations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Stochastic Modeling
Computational Statistics
Applied Time Series Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 32 credits from department list, including a minor in a supporting field other than Mathematics 132
Biostatistics Option (56-57 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select two of the following:7-8
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Genetics
Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6 credits from 400-level BIOL courses6
Select four of the following:12
Statistical Quality Control
Six Sigma Methodology
Linear Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Numerical Computations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Stochastic Modeling
Computational Statistics
Applied Time Series Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 19-20 credits from department list19-20
Graduate Study Option (47 credits)

A student completing the Graduate Study option will have earned a minor in mathematics in addition to a B.S. in Statistics. However, a student must fill out and submit the appropriate paperwork to the Mathematics Department in order for this minor to be officially recognized.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 312Concepts of Real Analysis3
MATH 403Classical Analysis I3
MATH 404Classical Analysis II3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Select three of the following:9
Elementary Combinatorics
Concepts of Discrete Mathematics
Complex Analysis (does not require a grade of C or better)
Wavelets and Fourier Analysis: Theory and Applications
Introduction to Modern Geometry (does not require a grade of C or better)
Introduction to Topology (does not require a grade of C or better)
Introduction to Numerical Analysis II
Mathematical Coding Theory
Select four of the following:12
Statistical Quality Control
Six Sigma Methodology
Linear Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Numerical Computations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Stochastic Modeling
Computational Statistics
Applied Time Series Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 14 credits from department list14
Statistics and Computing Option (47 credits)
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 121Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course3
CMPSC 122Intermediate Programming3
CMPSC 465Data Structures and Algorithms3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 360Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science3
or MATH 311W Concepts of Discrete Mathematics
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Object Oriented Programming with Web-Based Applications
400-level CMPSC (other than CMPSC 451/MATH 451 or CMPSC 455/MATH 455.)
Select four of the following:12
Statistical Quality Control
Six Sigma Methodology
Linear Algebra
Matrix Algebra
Numerical Computations
Introduction to Numerical Analysis I
Stochastic Modeling
Computational Statistics
Applied Time Series Analysis
Applied Nonparametric Statistics
Survey Sampling
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 14 credits from department list14

Integrated B.S. in Statistics and M.A.S. in Applied Statistics

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Statistics and M.A.S. in Applied Statistics can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Undergraduate Statistics Office
Academic Advising
323 Thomas Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1348
stat-advising@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Actuarial Option: Statistics, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4STAT 380*3
STAT 184*1ECON 1043
First Year Seminar1General Education Course3
ECON 1023ACCTG 211*4
General Education Course3 
 16 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414*3
MATH 230*4STAT 461*3
CMPSC 121 or 131*†3ENGL 202C3
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153FIN 301*3
General Education Course3RM 302*3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 415*3STAT 416*3
STAT 464 or 466*3STAT 462*3
RM 410*3RM 411*3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3General Education Course3
RM 415 (Recommended Supporting Course)3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 480*1STAT 470*3
STAT 463*3STAT 440*3
RM 412*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3RM 420 (Recommended Supporting Course)3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3 
 14.5 15
Total Credits 124

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Applied Option: Statistics, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4STAT 380*3
STAT 184*1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153
First Year Seminar1General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414*3
MATH 230*4STAT 461*3
CMPSC 121 or 131*†3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 415*3STAT 416*3
STAT 464 or 466*3STAT 462*3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3Course for required minor*3
Course for required minor*3Course for required minor*3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 480*1STAT 470*3
STAT 463*3MATH 451*3
Course for required minor*3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3 
 14.5 15
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Program Notes:

The applied statistics option requires that the student complete the requirements for a supporting minor or concurrent major. Neither the mathematics major/minor nor the six sigma minor, nor the risk management major with the actuarial science option may be used to satisfy the minor/concurrent major requirement. If a student wants to work in a supporting field that does not have a minor, he or she can propose a list of six appropriate courses and petition the Statistics Department for approval. It is the student's responsibility to justify the appropriateness of the proposed list. Students must receive a grade of C or better in each of these six courses.

Biostatistics Option: Statistics, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4STAT 380*3
STAT 184*1CHEM 110*†3
First Year Seminar1CHEM 111*†1
BIOL 110*†4ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17 15.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414*3
MATH 230*4CMPSC 121 or 131*†3
STAT 461*3ENGL 202C3
BIOL 220W, 222, 230W, or 240W*†3-4General Education Course3
General Education Course3BIOL 220W, 222, 230W, or 240W*†3-4
 15-16 15-16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 415*3STAT 416*3
STAT 464 or 466*3STAT 462*3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3BIOL 400 level selection*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 480*1STAT 470*3
STAT 463*3MATH 451*3
BIOL 400 level selection*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3 
 14.5 15
Total Credits 122-124

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Computing Option: Statistics, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4STAT 380*3
STAT 184*1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153
First Year Seminar1General Edcuation Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414*3
MATH 230*4STAT 461*3
CMPSC 121 or 131*†3CMPSC 122 or 132*†3
General Education Course3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 415*3STAT 416* 3
STAT 464 or 466*3STAT 462* 3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3CMPSC 221* 3
MATH 311W*3CMPSC 465* 3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 480* 1STAT 470* 3
STAT 463* 3MATH 451* 3
CMPSC 400 level selection* 3CMPSC 400 level selection* 3
General Education Course3Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3 
 14.5 15
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Graduate Studies Option: Statistics, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4STAT 380*3
STAT 184*1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 153
First Year Seminar1General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 16 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414*3
MATH 230*4STAT 461*3
CMPSC 121 or 131*†3ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3MATH 312*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 415*3STAT 416*3
STAT 464 or 466*3STAT 462*3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3MATH 403*3
MATH 311W*3MATH 310*3
Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3General Education Course3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 480*1STAT 470*3
STAT 463*3MATH 436*3
MATH 404*3Math 400 level selection (consult with an academic adviser for options)*3
General Education Course3Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3
Supporting Course (consult with an academic adviser for options)3 
 14.5 15
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Actuarial Option: Statistics, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4 
STAT 200*†4ECON 1043 
PSU 161ACCTG 211*4 
ECON 1023ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3 
ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3 
 15 17 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414 (or Supporting Course)*3STAT 414 (if not taken during the 4th semester)*3
MATH 230*4ENGL 202C3 
CAS 100A3CMPSC 121 or 131*†3 
General Education Course3FIN 301*3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 15 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
STAT 184*2STAT 380*3 
STAT 415*3RM 411*3 
RM 410*3RM 302*3 
STAT 461*3STAT 462*3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
General Education Course3  
 17 15 
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
RM 412*3STAT 470W*3 
STAT 463*3RM 420 (Recommended Supporting Course)*3 
STAT 480*1STAT 416*3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5STAT 440*3 
RM 415 (Recommended Supporting Course)*3Supporting Course3 
Supporting Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 16.5 
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Applied Option: Statistics, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4ECON 1043
PSU 161General Education Course3
ECON 1023ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3
ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414 (or Supporting Course)*3
MATH 230*4ENGL 202C3
CAS 100A3CMPSC 121 or 131*†3
Course for required minor*3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 184*2STAT 380*3
STAT 414 (or Supporting Course (if not taken in 4th semester))*3STAT 415*3
STAT 461*3STAT 462*3
Course for required minor*3STAT 480*1
General Education Course3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 416*3STAT 470W*3
STAT 466*3MATH 451*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5STAT 416*3
Course for required minor*3Course for required minor*3
Course for required minor*3Course for required minor*3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes:

The applied statistics option requires that the student complete the requirements for a supporting minor or concurrent major. Neither the mathematics major/minor nor the six sigma minor, nor the risk management major with the actuarial science option may be used to satisfy the minor/concurrent major requirement. If a student wants to work in a supporting field that does not have a minor, he or she can propose a list of six appropriate courses and petition the Statistics Department for approval. It is the student's responsibility to justify the appropriateness of the proposed list. Students must receive a grade of C or better in each of these six courses.

Biostatistics Option: Statistics, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4CHEM 110*†3
PSU 161CHEM 111*†1
BIOL 110*†4ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3
ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414 (or Supporting Course)*3
MATH 230*4ENGL 202C3
CAS 100A3CMPSC 121 or 131*†3
BIOL 220W, 222, 230W, or 240W*†3-4BIOL 220W, 222, 230W, or 240W*†3-4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 184*2STAT 380*3
STAT 414 (or Supporting Course (if not taken in 4th semester))*3STAT 415*3
STAT 461*3STAT 462*3
BIOL 400-Level Selection*3STAT 480*1
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 416*3STAT 470W*3
STAT 466*3MATH 451*3
BIOL 400-Level Selection*3STAT 416*3
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Computing Option: Statistics, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4CMPSC 122 or 132*†3
PSU 161General Education Course3
CMPSC 121 or 131*†3ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3
ENGL 15 (or General Education Course)3General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414 (or Supporting Course)*3
MATH 230*4ENGL 202C3
CAS 100A3CMPSC 221*3
General Education Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 184*2STAT 380*3
STAT 414 (or Supporting Course (if not taken in 4th semester))*3STAT 415*3
STAT 461*3STAT 462*3
MATH 311W or CMPSC 360*3STAT 480*1
Supporting Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 416*3STAT 470W*3
STAT 466*3MATH 451*3
CMPSC 465*3STAT 416*3
CMPSC 400-Level Selection*3CMPSC 400-Level Selection*3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Supporting Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 16.5
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Graduate Studies Option: Statistics, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡#†4
STAT 200*†4ENGL 153
PSU 161General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 220*†2STAT 414 (or Supporting Course)*3
MATH 230*4ENGL 202C3
CAS 100A3CMPSC 121 or 131*†3
MATH 311W*3MATH 312*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 184*2STAT 380*3
STAT 414 (or Supporting Course (if not taken in 4th semester))*3STAT 415*3
STAT 461*3STAT 462*3
MATH 403*3MATH 404*3
General Education Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 17 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 416*3STAT 470W*3
STAT 466*3MATH 400-Level Selection*3
MATH 436*3MATH 310*3
STAT 480*1MATH 451*3
General Education Course3Supporting Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14.5 16.5
Total Credits 127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Statistics can be applied in a broad range of fields, including business, agriculture, finance, public policy, and many more. As data in all forms become more easily stored and accessed, so does the demand and opportunity for statisticians to help others discern what can (or cannot) be learned from the information available. In fact, statisticians are also frequently sought after for their disciplined approach to problem solving and critical thinking, even when no formal data analysis is needed.

Careers

Statisticians in the pharmaceutical industry work with doctors and research scientists to design and execute experiments and clinical trials. - Statisticians at technology and manufacturing companies work to advance product development from ensuring reliability and quality of hardware components to software development. - Statisticians collaborate with epidemiologists and public health agencies like the NIH and CDC to study infectious disease dynamics among threatened populations. - Statisticians at government agencies like the U.S. Department of Education, Census Bureau, and Department of Labor help inform public policy and assess impact of legislative changes. - And much more…

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE STATISTICS PROGRAM

Professional Resources

Contact

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DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS
326 Thomas Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1348
stat-advising@psu.edu

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